TVD Recommends: FORWARD Festival, Educational Forum, & Record Sale, 4/25-29

FORWARD DC is back! Entering its fifth year, the five-day celebration of electronic creative culture is presented by EightyEightDC and showcases music, art, and new media.

Through electronic creative culture, FORWARD aims to unite artists, attendees, and the greater D.C. community in cultivating a caring, conscious society interested in pro-actively pushing things forward.

The festival, which features live performances, art exhibitions, and workshops, kicks off tomorrow and runs through Sunday, and this year’s theme is “Organic.”

The aim is “to get back to our roots, live healthy and embrace that which is raw and pure. Artistically, organic will be represented in all visual aspects of the festival, with a particular focus on the 5 Chinese elements of the natural world: Fire, Water, Earth, Wood and Metal. Musically, the festival will focus more on back-to-back DJ nights, artists that we feel have an organic sound, and installations that reflect the theme.”

Besides the festival itself, FORWARD is hosting an educational forum at the FORWARD Festival Headquarters on the Ground Floor at Capital Marriott, 1325 2nd St. NE, near the New York Avenue Metro stop. (See listing of workshops and panel discussions below.)

And—we are very excited for this part—during the festival and educational forum, FORWARD will have vinyl for sale at its HQ (Ground Floor at Capital Marriott, 1325 2nd St. NE) from 11am to 10pm each day. FORWARD’s goal is to support vinyl culture with sales of House/Techno/Dub/Electronic classics curated by Joe’s Record Paradise and Underground Quality, as well as a few other individuals and local labels.

While five-day passes to the festival are currently sold out, many of the music events are free, or you can purchase tickets to individual events. Performances are scheduled all around the city at various locations, including U Street Music Hall, 1351 H Street NE (next to the Rock & Roll Hotel), the Warehouse/Loft at 411 New York Avenue NE, ESL, Patty Boom Boom, etc.

Check out the performance schedule to plan the rest of your week.

FORWARD Festival Headquarters: Ground Floor at Capital Marriott, 1325 2nd St. NE

FORWARD: Educational Forum 2012
From Consumer to Producer

All Workshops are Free – First come, First Served.

MUSIC PRODUCTION w/District Soundlab
Producing a house/techno track w/vocals in Logic Pro 9 – Workshop
Producing a dubstep track in Ableton Live 8 and Native Instruments – Workshop
Studio Acoustics Explained – Presentation

Current State of Bass Music – Panel w/Distal and DFRNT
The Economics of the Industry-Panel w/Will Eastman,Sutekh, FourQuarters, Joe Sigmund
Sitdown Session with Freq Nasty – Discussion
Sitdown Session with Salva – Discussion
History of Drum and Bass – Discussion w/DB and Dara
Future of the Music Industry – Discussion w/Future Music Coalition
Starting and Running a Label – Panel w/Jus Ed, Rogue State, Chris Burns, Daniel Clarke
Detroit and Music – Panel w/Daniel Bell and Rick Wade

Deep Yoga – Workshop w/Chris Nitti and Mallory Hemerlein
Electronic Awakening – Film Screening
Meditation Based on Video Art – Workshop w/Donat Sperling
Rhythm Meditation – Workshop w/Andrew J. Killilea-Moore
Drum Medicine: Drumming as Healing – Workshop w/Andrew J. Killilea-Moore

Creating Interactive Environments – Workshop w/Lorne Covington
Interactive Music Installation using Open-Source Software – Workshop w/William Brennt

Full Educational Forum schedule with times on FORWARD’s site.

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